Paramnesia by Brian Wilkinson

Wow friends, I’m so far behind on my eARCs it’s not even funny. First a big thanks to Brian Wilkinson, Blue Moon Publishers, and NetGalley for providing a copy of the book for my honest review.

We follow our heroine through a tragic night that leads to her seeing dead people. Super The Sixth Sense, but more Friends and less M. Night Shyamalan. We’re with her as she learns to navigate this new world while maintaining her “I’m not insane” status in society and also fighting some pretty scary beings. What happens?!? You’ll have to check out the book to find out!

Ok. Some things I loved…

  • The beginning of this book is seriously one of the best openings I’ve read in forever. Think first 10 minutes of Scream intense. I was sucked in, heart pounding, and a little scared to keep reading. Be ready, because it’s really good.
  • Our main character struggles with all of the changes in her life and sometimes does a terrible job at balancing. I love how human and relatable this makes her.
  • There’s a little bit for everyone. Want some fight scenes? Got it. Want some love scenes? Got it. Need some tear jerker moments for a good cry? Got it.

While there were a lot of good things, there were also some things I didn’t love…

  • The end feels corny. I get the set up for a series and could live with that, but the intensity of the beginning left me wanting to relive that feeling throughout the remainder of the book. Comparatively, the end felt like a totally different story.
  • I feel like I didn’t get a great setup for how all of the stuff in ghost world works. Sometimes this felt like things were or weren’t simply for the ease of moving the story forward a certain way rather than “the rules” these things work within.

Overall, I could see this being a good read for teens. It will hold their attention, but isn’t too anything to pigeonhole it in a specific area of interest.

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